MJ had his bottle of “secret stuff”; Kevin Garnett ate a PB&J sandwich one hour before tipoff; Caron Butler drank half of a two-liter bottle of Mountain Dew pregame; and Steph Curry has his popcorn. Like, Curry REALLY likes his popcorn.
There are many different types and flavors of popcorn out there. I’m not talking about Kettle Corn vs. popcorn. No I’m talking about movie theater popcorn vs. Target popcorn vs. Skinny Pop. And for NBA sharp-shooter, two-time MVP, Golden State Warriors guard Steph Curry, it is much more than just a snack food.
Next to his perfectly pressed Golden State Warriors uniform and his Under Armour Curry shoes to be worn that night, sits a bag of popcorn on his chair in front of his locker, waiting for Curry to consume both pregame and postgame, and sometimes at halftime. And despite popcorn not being approved by the Warriors’ nutritional team, Curry has his “guy”. Read more from the NY Times interview here.
All across the country, each of the 30 NBA stadiums supply a different style of popcorn, and Curry gets to experience it all.
This popcorn obsession doesn’t just stop at is it good or not?
No, there are many different ways to distinguish between “good” and “bad” popcorn. For Curry, there are five categories: freshness, saltiness, crunchiness, butter, and presentation. Each given a 1-5 rating:
1= DNP (poor)
2= End of Bench Player (acceptable)
3=Solid Starter/Rotation Player (good)
4= All Star (very good)
5= Hall of Famer (outstanding or terrific)
The absolute best score, with a 5 in all categories, will receive a perfect 25 on Curry’s scale. The no. 1 stadium on the Curry Popcorn scale: American Airlines Center home of the Dallas Mavericks. The worst stadium popcorn in the league? Staples Center. His own Oracle Arena? Eighth.
Curry dropped 48 points on the Mavericks in Dallas back on Jan. 13… that was a night that Dallas left Curry some popcorn before the game tipped off. That probably was a mistake.
In fourth place, with a score of 20 out of 25 is Moda Center, home of your Portland Trail Blazers. Apparently, according to Curry’s standards, Moda Center scored a perfect 5 for crunchiness, 4s for freshness, saltiness, and butter, and just a 3 for presentation.
Whether it's the new contacts or the popcorn addiction, Curry will go down as one of the best shooters in NBA history.
According to the NY Times, Curry says, “I really get off on popcorn. It’s not even a joke.”